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23 Mar, 2011

Shopping switcheroo

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa|Recipes and Food

My latest piece at the UsedEverywhere blog yesterday was about buying stuff… and needing translation help. So far no one has been able to help me out. :)

All kidding aside, this purchase was made over March Break at T&T Supermarket. I’ve written about them before. I figured I had grocery shopping to do anyway, and the girls like going there, so why not make a field trip out of it? Have you been? It’s fun. It’s the only time we stroll up and down EVERY aisle in the store. (This takes awhile.)

We bought So Much Stuff. This isn’t even half of it. (Note I didn’t bother taking photos of the fruit and veggies. Nothing exciting about those.)

We had no shopping plan whatsoever.

Sometimes all it took was a fun picture on the front:

Corn curls!

The items we looked at almost always resulted in questions, for example, what does meowing have to do with shrimp chips?

This, by the way, is the Best Pocky Ever. Double chocolate:

And these are good with beer:

And this was an impulse buy. I thought I was buying small pieces of rock sugar (to use instead of sugar cubes) but the box was full of very large hunks that needed to be smashed with a hammer. Which was fun.

Drink boxes made a rare appearance in our grocery cart. Melon-flavoured soy milk is yummy:

… and we also bought some bubble tea. This was honeydew flavoured. Also yummy:

And we made square toast when we came home (which got slightly squashed en route):

Square toast

If you go to T&T, don’t miss the live fish and crabs. It is totally worth it.

Who knew grocery shopping could be this interesting?

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9 Responses to "Shopping switcheroo"

1 | Stefania

March 23rd, 2011 at 10:32 am


Great store.

I always wonder how places like that get away with selling the products that don’t have bilingual labels and in some cases, no English!

2 | Karinny Cezar

March 23rd, 2011 at 10:49 am


Oh I also love the Kowloon Market on Somerset St. Since T&T belongs to the Loblaws empire I kinda prefer the smaller guy. They also have live fish and crabs and a in-store bakery :)

3 | Capital Mom

March 23rd, 2011 at 11:04 am


The kids and I made a trip to Chinatown last week and we enjoyed shopping there (a Kids in the Capital post is coming about it). It can be fun to try something different. We left with a big back of fortune cookies. :-)

4 | Mary @ Parenthood

March 24th, 2011 at 9:50 pm


I find Kowloon a bit on the smelly side for me (such a westerner!). I should take my daughter there though – she’d get a kick out of it! We need to go somewhere soon to stock up on our nori supply. Until recently we’ve been making do with the small 10pks but Elizabeth loves it so much that she demolishes half a package in a single sitting.

5 | mrsgryphon (Sarah)

March 25th, 2011 at 12:42 am


So fun! The girls and I spent the afternoon at West Edmonton Mall riding the rides (spring break distraction) and I had wanted to go to the T&T store there, but we ran out of time. Next time for sure!!

6 | Mary @ Parenthood

March 25th, 2011 at 7:36 am


Hi Andrea, my sil can read your instructions but the quality isn’t great and so she can’t make it all out. She says they are washing instructions. She’d be happy to translate the whole thing but she thinks it would be better if she had the package. If you still want to know what it days etc maybe you could email me.

7 | Mary @ Parenthood

March 25th, 2011 at 4:14 pm


Heh – my sil apparently has been working to decipher your lunch box instructions all day and got a friend to help her. She says she doesn’t need the paper anymore and expects to have the complete translation “probably within this weekend”.

8 | Carolyn HP

March 26th, 2011 at 10:51 am


T & T is awesome but I love the Kowloon Market, my first visit there with my sister freaked me out when I saw the live crab trying to escape, but I have enjoyed each and every experimentation and wonder why I don’t drop by there more often… I am going to have to check out the portable bubble teas though, I’m such a fan of bubble tea, can’t wait! Thanks for the post as I didn’t know T & T sold that.

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